Ethical and sustainable are words used to describe clothing but, what about your wardrobe as a whole? How can we make our closets fully sustainable? How can we create a sustainable wardrobe? There are three simple things you can do so that your closet is sustainable and has little environmental impact.
Three ways to create a sustainable wardrobe
#1 | Wear
This mean buying clothes that you’re actually going to wear, like classic basic items that go with everything or pieces that fit your own personal style. Don’t buy anything because its trendy. Only buy that trendy item if it fits your style. Most people don’t wear half the clothes in their closet and might even have things that have never been worn.
While you’re shopping, you should ask yourself questions before deciding to purchase an item so you don’t impulsively shop. I wish I asked myself these questions when I was in in high-school, I would have saved so much money. Some questions to ask are:
- Where will I wear it?
- How will I style it?
- Can I make three outfits with this item?
- Is it trendy?
- How long will I wear it?
#2 | Quality
Next, is the quality of the clothing. You don’t want to waste your money on something that wasn’t made properly or with care. One way to check the quality is to inspect the garment and look at the stitching. Don’t be afraid to turn garments inside out to fully inspect how it was made. Also, something I always do is check what fabrics the garment is made from. Some fabrics like, Bamboo and Tencel are more sustainable than others. You want to make sure the clothes you are purchasing are high quality because you want them to last a long time.
#3 | Care
Last, properly caring for your clothes helps them last longer which, reduces the need to go out and purchase more. This will help the environment because you are purchasing less when there are already too many pieces of clothing on earth.
Also, how you care for your clothes can help or hurt the environment. Washing in cold water, hanging to dry, using delicate bags and hand washing are examples of how you can take better care of your clothes so they last longer. Another way to keep your clothes last is to mend. Simple things like fixing small holes, changing or tightening buttons can revive an older item and make it feel like new.
You should also think about what happens to your clothes when you are done with them. Will you recycle them? Are they made from biodegradable fabrics? Will someone else be able to use it? It’s important to think about your clothing’s next life when you are done with the item because textile waste is a huge problem and having a sustainable wardrobe is one way to fix it.
We welcome you to share your thoughts about sustainable wardrobes and if you’re working towards one in the comments below. We would love to start a conversation with you!
Peace and Love,